|Title:||NUNC DIMITTIS (Bourgeois)|
|Composer:||Louis Bourgeois (1551)|
|Harmonizer:||Claude Goudimel (1551)|
|Incipit:||56543 24312 21155|
|Source:||Pseaulmes cinquante de David, 1547;Genevan Cantique de Simeon|
Louis Bourgeois (PHH 3) composed NUNC DIMITTIS for the Song of Simeon; the tune was first published in the 1547 edition of the Genevan Psalter. Claude Goudimel (PHH 6) wrote the harmonization in 1564 with the melody originally in the tenor voice. Some Christian denominations associate this tune with the ancient Greek "Candlelight Hymn," which begins with the words "O gladsome Light, O grace" in the translation by Matthew Bridges (PHH 410).
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1988